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Silicon Valley Startup Offices

  1. SoundCloud
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    SoundCloud

    Successful startups add employees rapidly, so designers favor flexible configurations. Handmade tables like the one on the right are suitable for sitting or standing.

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  2. Path
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    Path

    The foosball and pool tables that typified the startup offices of the last dot-com boom have been replaced by handcrafted wood furnishings and art. “Chalkboards are sexier than whiteboards,” says designer Lauren Geremia.

    Photograph by Melissa Kaseman
  3. Social+Capital
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    Social+Capital

    Social+Capital Partnership wanted a dramatic entryway to set it apart from other venture capital firms.

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  4. Dropbox
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    Dropbox

    In the cafeteria, strips of sail material dampen noise from the cooling system—and evoke the idea of “cloud” storage.

    Photograph by Bruce Damonte
  5. Music Room
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    Music Room

    Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, a guitar player, requested a soundproof room for playing and recording music.

    Photograph by Bruce Damonte
  6. Lauren Geremia
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    Lauren Geremia

    Lauren Geremia designed offices for Path, Dropbox, Social+Capital, and Asana. She also does homes for the Valley’s new rich.

    Photograph by Melissa Kaseman
  7. David Pierce
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    David Pierce

    David Pierce owns Ohio Design and specializes in furniture. SoundCloud hired him to design its interiors.

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